Friday, October 07, 2016

Parable of the Leaven

33 Another parable He spoke to them: “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened.”
Matthew 13:33, NKJV

20 And again He said, “To what shall I liken the kingdom of God? 21 It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened.”
Luke 13:20-21, NKJV

Parable of the Leaven

The Parable of the Leaven is much like the Parable of the Mustard Seed. I think it is actually easier for us to understand today, however, than it was in the time of Christ.

What is the Kingdom of Heaven like? It is like leaven which is hidden in three measures of wheat.

Those of us who have baked bread understand this completely.  How much yeast goes in a batch of bread? Not very much--maybe just a tablespoon or two. Yet what happens if we forget the yeast? The bread will certainly not turn out very well, will it? 

Once the yeast is in the bread, can we see it? No! However, we can certainly see and smell its effects, can we not? 

During the time of Jesus, there were many religious people. As a matter of fact, the religious leaders made great pomp out of displaying their "righteousness" before the common people. However, the common people could not see into their hearts. They were not able to see if their hearts were ruled by sin or ruled by God, Himself.

Jesus did not have that problem. As the Son of God, He could see into their hearts. While not every single one of the religious leaders was corrupt, most of them were. As a matter of fact, there were so few true followers of God that the kingdom of heaven was like that leaven lost in the measures of wheat.  

Sadly, the same thing is happening in our day. Many of the largest churches of the land are filled with deceit and corruption. We have many religious people in America, but how many true saints of God do we have? 

God knows our heart of hearts. As believers, let us seek to spend our lives living and serving the Lord. Let us pray that we will not be consumed by the things of this world and the deceitfulness of sin, but rather, let us seek the glory of God, alone.

How can we ever be expected to tell the true believers from the false believers? How can we tell if a church is truly serving the Lord? Though we do not have the ability to see into the hearts of others, the Bible does tell us that, "By their fruits, you shall know them."

In other words, true believers seek to live their lives to the glory of God. In their heart of hearts, they seek to grow and to become more and more like Christ. There are many who claim to love the Lord and make a great show of serving Him on Sunday or in church. However, during the rest of the week, they are hard to tell apart from those who live for their own glory.

Let us not be deceived by the wine of this world. Let us not seek our own glory, power, or recognition. It is God we serve. May our lives bear His image in everything we think, say, and do.

God Bless You,

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